From October 1, 2017, every website that requires any kind of the user’s data should be transferred to an HTTPS. We have already discussed what are the differences between HTTP and HTTPS. Yet, we found out that most people don’t really know what do you once they’ve acquired the SSL certificate.
In order for your website to function properly and keep its ranking on Google, there are a few things you should do.
Get a certificate with a high level of security
First of all, to have a website on HTTPS, the purchase of an SSL certificate is required. You have to choose the type of certificate. It could be a single website, a multi-domain, or a wildcard certificate for websites with many dynamic subdomains.
Furthermore, your certificate needs to be with a high level of security. This means that if you have a 1024-bit you must upgrade it to a 2048-bit key certificate. Did we mention that you should get it from a reliable certificate authority?
Redirect your users properly
To prevent losing valuable users, apply server-side 301 redirects. This type of server-side redirect means that the page is “Moved Permanently”. Thus, it will lead your users to the HTTPS version of the same page.
Crawl your pages
In order for Google to find you, you have to make sure you don’t block your pages with robots.txt files on your page.
You can find the robots.txt file in the back-end of your website. Developers usually use it when a website owner doesn’t want search engine crawlers to find some of their pages.
Removing all “noindex” tags from your HTTPS pages is also a good way to let the search engine find your pages easily.
In addition, you can make sure Google can access your pages through the function “Fetch as Google” in Google Search Console.
We know that Google is the main source of information, yet sometimes their terminology can be overwhelming. In the infographic below, we’ve tried to simplify the most important practices when implementing HTTPS for you to protect your website and users.